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Roasted Brussel Sprouts with Parmesan Recipe

Roasted Brussel Sprouts with Parmesan Recipe

Last Updated on 17th December 2021 by

Do Brussel sprouts get overlooked when comes to how people see vegetables? I think so, and I am always up for sharing a recipe that brings them to the forefront and demonstrates how versatile and tasty they can be.

I think of Brussel sprouts as little cabbages, and they are crunchy and tasty and versatile enough to be used in a number of different dishes. I have my favourite ways to prepare them, as I am sure anyone does who eats them frequently.

Most people have never even given them a try, for whatever reason, and I think that’s a shame. So, I want to share with you one of my favourite Brussel sprout dishes and show you how to make roasted Brussel sprouts with garlic and parmesan.

This is one of the dishes that made me fall in love with Brussel sprouts, and I hope it does the same for you, sparking that love of the veggie that overwhelms whatever stigma it may have in your life right now.

Recipe for Roasted Brussel Sprouts with Garlic and Parmesan

I think anyone who has had Brussel sprouts before and not liked them probably didn’t have them roasted. In my opinion, oven roasted Brussel sprouts with parmesan is the definitive way to have these veggies. I think you might agree after you try to make this dish for yourself.

Be sure to use fresh sprouts for the roasted Brussel sprouts with parmesan dish to make sure it turns out great. Look for firm, vibrant sprouts that don’t look tired, or discoloured.

Always take off the outer skin of the Brussel sprouts. You don’t want to eat that part, and you can buy your sprouts already trimmed and ready to eat or buy them untrimmed and just take off the outer layer yourself.

Before you try to bake the Brussel sprouts, be sure to cut them in half. What this does is allow the entire outer surface of the sprouts to be toasted and have a crispy exterior. That is important for giving this dish the texture it is supposed to have.

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Recipe for Roasted Brussel Sprouts with Garlic and Parmesan


  • 1 ½ pound Brussel sprouts
  • ½ tsp of salt
  • cup of parmesan cheese
  • 2 tbsp of olive oil
  • ¼ tsp of black pepper
  • 1 tsp of garlic powder


  • Preheat the oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Prepare a baking sheet with cooking spray or oil, applying lightly.
  • Prepare your Brussel sprouts by trimming and halving them.
  • Combine all the ingredients together in a large bowl and toss and stir to ensure the sprouts get coated well.
  • Place the Brussel sprouts onto the baking sheet and give them enough space so that none of them touch. Then, bake for 18 minutes.

You can serve the roasted Brussel sprouts with parmesan cheese immediately, while they are still hot. When you bake them, be sure to give them enough space to spread out, because you don’t want to end up with partly crisped Brussel sprouts. You want them to be crispy all over for the right texture and effect.

Tips for Cooking Brussel Sprouts

When making roasted Brussel sprouts with balsamic and parmesan or bacon wrapped Brussel sprouts, you want to make sure you don’t overcook them or undercook them. They should be crispy on the outside when cooked thoroughly but also soft enough to make for easy eating.

Part of making sure they come out right is picking them when they are ready or buying them while they are still fresh. The fresher your Brussel sprouts are, the better eating they will make.

Keep in mind that your cook time may differ from what I have given you here. You might need to adjust your cooking time according to the power of your oven or the type of oven you have. You might have to cook longer or shorter depending on your oven settings.

If you like your Brussel sprouts to be even crispier and to have more flavour to them, I suggest wrapping them in bacon. Roasted Brussel sprouts with bacon and parmesan cheese is one of my favourite ways to have these veggies, and I think even those who normally don’t like veggies might agree. Everything is better with bacon, right?

You can make roasted Brussel sprouts with bacon and parmesan just by wrapping a piece of bacon around the Brussel sprouts before placing them in the oven and cooking as usual.

There are way more variations you can make as well than just trying roasted Brussel sprouts with parmesan and bacon. I know some people like theirs with a sauce on it, like ranch, siracha or a salad dressing. Other meats work for this dish than just bacon.

A salami known as pancetta is a good option, and it is very similar to bacon. Roasted Brussel sprouts with pancetta and parmesan is a nice variation on this classic dish and a good way to get a slightly different flavour. You don’t have to cook the pancetta, though, since it is already cooked, whereas bacon is usually uncooked when you buy it.

That’s the only big difference in preparation, but you can still roast the pancetta with the Brussel sprouts, if you like.

When cooking Brussel sprouts with olive oil, I prefer to use extra alight virgin olive oil. That is a lighter flavoured oil, so there is less interference with the taste of the Brussel sprouts. This allows the sprouts’ flavour to really shine and come out in the dish.

One more warning about keeping the sprouts apart on the pan– if you don’t separate them enough, they will end up steaming rather than roasting, and that gives them a softer, mushier texture rather than a crispy one. You might prefer that, but for the sake of this dish and its authentic flavour, I definitely suggest making sure they have enough room to cook properly and roast rather than steam.

You can always use fresh ingredients for your seasonings, if you like, such as fresh garlic. It is a bit more work, but it definitely makes for a more fragrant and nicer looking dish. I like the way fresh garlic looks with alongside the Brussel sprouts, and it doesn’t take much work to prepare the fresh garlic with the sprouts for this dish, so I would suggest giving that a try sometimes.


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